IntroductionIndian Railways is one of the largest organization in the world run by the Government of India to provide transport facility to large masses of people. If we go through the history of this organization from its inception in 1853 till now we can find so many amazing facts about this great organization. Go through some of these interesting facts placed below and feel the great heritage of its history.
Some interesting facts about Indian Railways
Video of 150 year old "Fairy Queen" Indian steam engine train:-
Video of Palace on wheels-Heritage Train of Rajasthan:-
By bringing this article the author has tried to convey the importance and facts in the history of Indian Railways which has to be known by the present generation. Often the present generation are not aware of the meter gauge trains, the steam hauled trains and diesel hauled narrow gauge trains. I had the opportunity to enjoy the six coach local trains on meter gauge that used to run on steam engine with lots of smoke emanating while the train runs. It is always enchanting to watch when the train moves in speed with lots of smoke and steam coming out of it. The whistle is very unusual and we can hear the same from long distance. Most of the house holds near the track used to avail the hot water from the steam engine as and when it stops for a while in each station.
An excellent article! As a former employee in Railway, I am always interested in the functioning of Indian Railways. There are numerous remarkable facts about Indian Railways which Indians are not aware of. I am adding some more:-
1.Fastest train in India: New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India. This AC Superfast train clocks a maximum speed of 150 km/hour on the Faridabad-Agra section. It also has the highest commercial speed – 89.87 km/hour and covers the 704 km New Delhi- Bhopal route in 7 hours 50 minutes.
2. Longest and shortest run by a train: Vivek Express from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari travels a distance of 4273 km, making it the longest run train in terms of total time and distance in Indian Railways. Shortest run: Scheduled service between Nagpur and Ajni stations is just 3 km. This service is primarily meant for the crew to travel from Nagpur station to the workshop at Ajni.
3. Longest non-stop travel and Trains with most stops: Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express travels the 528 km between Vadodara and Kota non-stop. The second place goes to the Mumbai Rajdhani Express that travels nonstop between New Delhi and Kota. The record for maximum number of stops by an Express train is held by Howrah – Amritsar Express with 115 halts, followed by Delhi – Howrah Janata Express with 109 halts. Third spot in this regard goes to Jammu Tawi – Sealdah Express with 99 halts.
4. Shortest and longest station names: Shortest names: Ib (near Jharsuguda in Odisha) and Od (near Anand in Gujarat). Longest name: ‘Venkata narasimha raju vari peta’ (Arakkonam- Renigunta section near Chennai).
5. Least punctual train: Guwahati – Trivandrum Express is considered to be the most unreliable long-distance train in the country. The scheduled journey time is 65 hours and 5 minutes, but the average delay on a trip is usually about 10-12 hours.
6. Two stations at same location: This is another remarkable fact! Srirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track.
There are many more interesting but little-known facts about Indian Railway which can not be covered in a single article. I hope the author would write the sequel of this article. The two pics are good. Overall a very good and informative article.
Super article Ramakrishna Ji! Railway, in India is the largest employer and role model for employers.Being a managerial person I astonish the management of Railways as the personnel and other administration is really great. But the pity thing is selling of food items in the trains are of less quality that is below normal standard. Moreover, they are bringing the vegetarian foods and non-vegetarian foods in a same tray. It is very embarrassing to many vegetarian people to buy. Coffee and tea vendors supplying them in below average standard and also with less quantity. If such situation goes on and on how the sales of such food items could have been targeted?